What's New In D2L Brightspace? - February 2018 Release Notes

Below, you'll find the top items in the February, 2018 Continuous Delivery Release for D2L Brightspace. These updates will be live on the last Friday of the listed month:

1) Daylight Experience - My Courses Widget uses enrollment date to display courses

The My Courses widget no longer automatically pins future courses; rather, the widget displays results by current enrollments or last activity in a non-pinned state. Users can continue to manually pin courses as appropriate for their purposes.

If there are less than 50 total enrollments, they are sorted as follows:

- The My Courses widget shows manually pinned courses followed by current enrollments, then future enrollments (if they are available or visible to the user) for a total of 12 enrollments. Note that more than 12 if all the course enrollments might appear if they are all manually pinned. 
- The Course Selector drop-down menu shows manually pinned courses, followed by current enrollments, then future enrollments (if they are available and visible to the user), and finally, past enrollments (if they are visible to the user).
- The View All Courses navigation drills down into the courses by showing manually pinned courses, followed by current enrollments, then future enrollments (if available and visible to the user), then past enrollments (if available or visible to the user) as the default sort. If the user changes the sort order, the filter does not separate pinned courses from other courses based on sort order, filters, and search terms.

If there are more than 50 total enrollments, they are sorted as follows:

- The My Courses widget shows manually pinned courses followed by up to 12 last-accessed courses. Note that more than 12 courses might appear in the widget if they are all manually pinned.
- The Course Selector drop-down menu shows manually pinned courses, followed by up to 12 last-accessed courses, followed by all remaining courses available to the user.
- The View all Courses area shows manually pinned courses followed by up to 12 last-accessed courses, followed by all remaining courses available or visible to the user as the sort order. If the user changes the sort order, the filter does not separate pinned courses from other courses based on the sort order, filters, and search terms.

In addition, there are interface improvements, including:

- Pinned courses now have a visible pin icon on the course title in the My Courses widget, similar to the Course Selector visible state.
- The Course Starts message now includes a time as well as a date. In addition, the Course Starts lang term has been updated to Opens On, and the Course Ends lang term has been updated to Closed to better reflect discrepancies between course dates and LMS availability.
- Newly-pinned courses are added to the bottom of the pinned list.

2) HTML Editor – Advanced image editing

This feature updates the HTML Editor to include expanded image editing capabilities for the WYSIWYG editor. Users can now edit images in place (including flipping, rotating, and adjusting brightness, sharpness, and color), edit the image description, and edit the size of the image. Users with access to Manage Files can save image edits to the Manage Files area, while users without access to Manage Files can save images as attachments. This feature implements PIE item D3975.

This update is currently unavailable for Lessons or the Quizzing experience.

Note: Image changes save to Manage Files, or, depending on user permissions, as new file attachments to the item (such as Discussions) every time a change is made. Multiple edits will create multiple items.


Figure: Advanced image editing screen in the HTML Editor
Figure: Advanced image editing screen in the HTML Editor

Figure: Image editing provides the ability to customize image description and sizing
Figure: Image editing provides the ability to customize image description and sizing

Figure: Manually resize the image in the image editor
Figure: Manually resize the image in the image editor

 

3) Quicklinks – Self-Enrollment groups link

Instructors can now insert a Quicklink to self-enrolling groups. This update provides learners a direct path to sign up for their group and a new Group Self-Enrollment screen.


Figure: The Self-Enrollment Groups option, as shown in the Insert Quicklink pop-up window
Figure: The Self-Enrollment Groups option, as shown in the Insert Quicklink pop-up window

Figure: The new Group Selection screen, from the Group Enrollment option in the Insert Quicklink pop-up window
Figure: The new Group Selection screen, from the Group Enrollment option in the Insert Quicklink pop-up window

For a complete list of the items in the February 2018 Continuous Delivery Release, Click Here.